December 11, 2017

Only Half of Dot-Gov Sites are Active, GSA Reports

From a NextGov Article: Nearly one-fifth of federal Web domains are inactive and one-fourth redirect to other dot-gov sites, according to an inventory conducted between August and October. Active government domains employ 150 different content management systems, a hodgepodge of design templates that vary wildly from one division to the next, and a host of […]

US Senators Call For FTC Investigation Into Google’s Search Results

From an Article by Matt McGee on Search Engine Land: US Senators Herb Kohl and Mike Lee are urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google unfairly favors its own properties in search results. Kohl and Lee are both members of the Senate’s antitrust subcommittee — that’s where Google’s Eric Schmidt testified in-person back […]

MIT Launches Online Learning Initiative

From the MIT News Office: MIT today announced the launch of an online learning initiative internally called “MITx.” MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses through an online interactive learning platform that will: organize and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace feature interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication […]

New Report from Pew Internet: The Internet As a Diversion and Destination

This new report was written by Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project Overview Direct to Complete Report (HTML Version) Primary Findings Americans are increasingly going online just for fun and to pass the time. On any given day, 53% of all the young adults ages 18-29 go online […]

Web Browsers: Chrome Overtakes Firefox Globally for First Time

From the StatCounter Blog: Google’s browser Chrome overtook Firefox for the first time globally on a monthly basis in November, according to StatCounter, the free website analytics company. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 25.69% of the worldwide market (up from 4.66% in November 2009) compared to Firefox’s 25.23%. Microsoft’s […]

Information Overload Wastes Two Weeks a Year

From The Telegraph (UK): A new survey comissioned by work management firm Mindjet has revealed that on average British workers receive 36 emails in their inbox every day. It reveals that even this seemingly small number of emails are leaving employees overwhelmed. The average worker spends over 21 minutes a day searching for information they […]

New Issue Alert: Policy & Internet (Vol. 3, No. 4)

Policy & Internet (Vol. 3, No. 4) An open access publication from the Oxford Internet Institute and the Policy Studies Organization. Direct to Complete Tables of Contents Articles The Impact of e-Government Promotion in Europe: Internet Dependence and Critical Mass Xavier Fernández-i-Marín PDF Online Public Engagement in the Obama Administration: Building a Democracy Bubble? Thomas […]

New Infographic: What Are People Doing Online?

The infographic via the Flowtown Blog utilizes data from Pew Internet and American Life Project tracking survey’s (2009-2011).

IDG News Service: Italian Mathematician Prepares to Challenge Google

Great technology is only a part of what it might take to challenge Google. Of course, we’re not interested in a challenge we want great search/research tools. More than one or two or three high quality, general purpose search tools should exist. It’s not (or at least it shouldn’t be) a zero-sum game. We look […]

Mitigating Risk in the Use of Social Media

Mitigating Risk in the Use of Social Media Most government employees and agencies protect their computers by installing and updating reliable anti-virus software. Managers, IT staff and front-line workers understand the threats posed by malicious software, and they know that they have to take steps to counter that threat. But as more agencies take advantage […]